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What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:
  • tooth pain when exposed to heat
  • throbbing tooth pain that interrupts sleep
  • inability to chew or tap on the tooth
Some tooth abscesses break through the gum tissue, causing what looks like a boil or sore. 
 
The main symptoms of an abscessed or infected tooth include:
  • tooth pain that is throbbing, shooting, sharp, and constant
  • foul breath
  • fever
  • pain when chewing
  • sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
  • body aches or feeling ill
  • bitter taste in the mouth
  • swollen glands of the neck
  • swollen areas in the upper or lower jaw, which indicates a serious problem
If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist right away.
 
An abscessed tooth is an infection caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth.

Symptoms of an abscess include:
  • pain
  • swelling
  • redness in the gums
  • bad taste in the mouth
  • fever
Stanislav Moline
Endodontics
Symptoms (feeling) of an abscessed tooth may be all or some of the following:
  • Feeling pressure in the tooth/teeth
  • Pain/discomfort when chewing
  • Feeling swelling near the tooth and lymph nodes (the latter usually for lower teeth)  
  • Feeling that the tooth is moving (pushing out)
  • Possible temperature, headache
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain relieved by cold
Keep in mind that all the above symptoms may be symptoms of other problems, some of which are unrelated to teeth. A proper evaluation by an endodontist (a root canal specialist) is the best way to confirm diagnosis.

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